1948 American League Debuts

Willie Mays played his first Major League game on May 25, 1951, and went 0-for-5 at the plate. He started his career 1-for-25 and told his manager, "I can't do it, Mr. Leo. You better bench me."

Casey Stengel played his first Major League game on July 27, 1912, and went 4-for-4 at the plate. He commented later in his life, "I broke in with four hits and the writers promptly decided they had seen the new Ty Cobb. It took me only a few days to correct that impression."

Both Mays and Stengel would continue their Major League careers down separate paths of greatness, but each still had to appear in that memorable first Major League game. Baseball Almanac is pleased to present what Cubs broadcaster Steve Stone once described as, "His first Major League debut."

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"You never forget your first hit in the Major Leagues. It was in my third at bat. That was kind of a relief. You could start off 0-for-34." - Ralph Kiner

1948 American League Debuts

1948 A.L. Rookies | 1948 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

35
04-25-1948
22
36
04-24-1948
18
20
07-11-1948
23
23
09-19-1948
26
23
09-15-1948
24
2
09-17-1948
20
39
05-01-1948
27
2
04-21-1948
22
37
04-24-1948
21
48
04-22-1948
23
37, 40
07-04-1948
20
14
04-22-1948
23
11
09-03-1948
25
22
10-03-1948
24
29
04-26-1948
27
15
04-25-1948
30
29
07-09-1948
42
12
05-02-1948
26
28
09-26-1948
25
36
04-20-1948
26
1
09-15-1948
21
5
04-20-1948
24
25
09-06-1948
26
42
09-25-1948
25
3, 13
04-20-1948
26
18
08-08-1948
24
40, 46
09-29-1948
23
28
10-02-1948
23
30
05-18-1948
22
17
04-29-1948
22
22
04-29-1948
23
56
09-23-1948
23
15
04-19-1948
29
7
05-10-1948
25
3
07-27-1948
26
31
04-28-1948
22
19
07-08-1948
20
20
04-20-1948
28
12
06-19-1948
25
30
07-18-1948
31
20
07-25-1948
21
12
04-28-1948
23
22
08-17-1948
20
16
09-14-1948
26
28
04-23-1948
25
18, 22
07-05-1948
33
14, 22
04-19-1948
24
2
04-19-1948
26
15, 22
04-29-1948
25
9
06-16-1948
24
12
04-26-1948
30
18
09-08-1948
20
21
05-16-1948
20
1948 American League Debuts
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Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the American League during the 1948 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

When Christy Mathewson made his Major League debut the newspaper wrote, "The untried semi-professional possessed great speed and plenty of confidence in himself, but could not control his curves."

Five-for-five debuts? Believe it or not it has happened twice: On June 30, 1894 Fred Clarke of the Louisville Colonels and on May 16, 1933, Cecil Travis of the Washington Senators made their Major League debuts and both went five-for-five at the plate.

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